Monthly Archives: March 2014

  1. 10 Big Reds (That are NOT Cabs)

    10 big red wines that aren't Cabernets

    This winter has been an exceptionally long one, and if you're like me, you've exhausted most of your reds in the cellar. So while you're refilling, check out some of these new and exciting big, bold reds in addition to your old favorites:

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  2. A Rose By Any Other Name

    The Best Rose Wines

    Nothing brings a smile to my face faster in the springtime than the rosy hue of aisle 2 as the latest vintage of blush wines begins to trickle into stock. From the pale, almost-orange-y salmon wines from Provence to the vivid, electric pink of the Italian and California bottlings to the deeper magenta of those from Argentina and Spain, every shade on the spectrum is represented, and it follows, naturally, that each brings with it a different and wonderful flavor profile as well.

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  3. Enjoy Port Season (While It Lasts)

    Port Wines

    Most people won't be sorry to see the back-end of this winter (except for me, of course; this is my favorite time of year), but even though Spring is on its way, it is definitely still cold enough outside to stay at home and sip one of the most classic winter wines: Port.

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  4. The Art of Blending

    Red Wine Blending

    Blending is the art of bringing varietals together to establish a harmony of flavors and aromas by adding complexity, depth, and balance to a wine. Accentuating that the sum is greater than the parts.

    A classic Meritage is blended from three or more of the five noble grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. Each varietal brings special qualities and components to the wine.

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  5. There's Nothing More Irish than Whiskey

    Irish Whiskey

    Potatoes were originally cultivated in South America. Corned beef is English. Even red hair was brought over to Ireland through waves of Viking invasions. Yet there's nothing more Irish than whiskey. In fact, the word "whiskey" comes from the Irish word for "water": uisce (pronounced ish-ka).

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  6. Irish/Italian Cocktails

    Irish and Italian Cocktails

    March is the month where everybody is either Irish or Italian. You've got St Paddy's day (actually we Irish celebrate that day all week), and then a few days later you have St Joseph's day. So besides the standard green beer and whiskey on St. Patrick's Day, and wine on St. Joe's, maybe change things up a bit and make a fun cocktail.

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  7. Morocco: Here's Looking at You, Kid

    Morocco: Here's Looking at You, Kid

    Sunny Morocco in northern Africa is famed the world over for many things, but wine has never been at the forefront because the Muslim-heavy population doesn't drink alcohol. Luckily, since the mid-1990s these wines have increased their presence on the international market thanks to foreign investment, because the climate is perfect for growing popular red varieties, especially Carignan, Cinsault, Alicante and Garnacha (popular in Cote du Rhone-style blends), as well as increasing quantities of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah.

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  8. New Orleans Mardi Gras Cocktails

    Everyone knows that if you want to experience the ultimate party, New Orleans is the place to go during Mardi Gras. The carnival goes back hundreds of years and has become famous for many exotic cocktails. 

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  9. Mac 'n' Cheese: Fun Twists on an American Classic

    Mac and Cheese Wine Pairings

    When you cook as much as I do, you're always looking for fun and funky ways to update traditional dishes, and the best part about making mac 'n' cheese is that you can add almost any ingredient to the basic recipe and transform it into something completely new. The question is, what to pair? Below are a few yummy options for sprucing up your basic mac, and tips on selecting wines to serve with them:

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